Meet Our Board of Directors
Nicole Jorwic, Chair/President
Director of Rights Policy, The Arc
Nicole Jorwic is the Senior Director of Rights Policy at The Arc, a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc policy team Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor for the state of Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the President/CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in serving individuals with disabilities. Nicole is an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate, from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois. Nicole is also a sibling, her brother, Chris is 31 and has autism.
Curtis Schehr, Esq., Treasurer
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, DCS Corporation
Curtis Schehr serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DCS Corporation, a government contractor providing advanced technology solutions to government agencies in the national security sector. Mr. Schehr advises management and the board of directors on matters including corporate governance, government contracts, litigation, bid protests, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and export control. He also serves as the company’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and has overall responsibility for Corporate Security. Mr. Schehr is also a member of the DCS Board of Directors. Mr. Schehr is Past President of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Music for Life, an after-school music program for low income and at-risk youth who otherwise do not have or cannot afford the opportunity to participate.
Jahera Otieno, Secretary
Principal, PAYO Collaborative
Jahera Otieno is a mission-driven professional with experience working in public sector, international development, and community health to drive strategic growth and implement effective organizational and program management. Ms. Otieno is entrepreneurial-minded and a strategic and innovative thinker and leader. She is experienced in client and stakeholder management, including working with corporate partners, philanthropic donors, and government with experience in program operations, grant management, and communications and resource development.
International Development Consultant
Ms. Grigsby retired in 2011 from the federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service. She served for over thirty years as a manager of U.S. foreign assistance and foreign policy programs in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State. Ms. Grigsby held senior positions in which she led negotiations and shaped international partnerships with non-governmental organizations, universities, and the private sector. She also worked in the Senate as an adviser to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. Ms. Grigsby works as an international development consultant and is engaged in advocacy on behalf of local and worldwide disability rights. She is a member of the advisory board for Perkins International and advises the Brookings Institution’s Learning Metrics Task Force on issues of inclusion. Ms. Grigsby also serves on the advisory committee for the DC Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). She is married and has one son, who receives supports from DDA.
Quintina Hampton is a highly organized, program management professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in the District of Columbia government. Ms. Hampton has strong problem solving and decision-making skills with the ability to bring pragmatic insights and solutions to meet the mission and goals of an organization. She is experienced in planning, organizing, and implementing new programs as well as in strategic planning and program analysis. Ms. Hampton is a strong, parent advocate and mentor for people with disabilities. She continually advocates to ensure quality programs and services are available and accessible to all families in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the DC Autism Society. She currently works at Shared Horizons and lives in the Petworth neighborhood with her husband and two children.
Katherine Boe Heuck
Owner, Manhattan Mandarin
Katherine Boe Heuck grew up in Washington DC and is an entrepreneur with experience owning and running businesses in Asia and the US. She is an owner of Manhattan Mandarin, a Chinese education company operating in several cities on the East Coast, as well as Atlas Sourcing Group, a flooring products wholesaler and distributor. While living in China, Ms. Boe Heuck previously consulted for multinational companies, focusing on healthcare, sustainability, and product and brand innovation. Kate has broad experience working with international stakeholders on innovative projects and brings her multi-cultural work experience and her passion for entrepreneurship to the Quality Trust Board. She holds a BA degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and will receive her MBA from MIT Sloan School and Management in 2022.
Manager, Accenture Federal Services
Mr. King brings 15 years of program and operations management to the Quality Trust board. He is experienced in working with commercial, non-profit, Federal and Defense clients to develop innovative performance improvement solutions. He is responsible for overseeing 40 staff and managing annual program budgets of more than $10 million. Mr. King received a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Westminster College, Missouri and an MBA from Hult International Business School, London, UK. He resides in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Self-Advocate, Project ACTION!
Ryan King is a determined, strong self-advocate and is active with Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy coalition. He presents locally and nationally at advocacy conferences. He co-presents with self-advocates and attorneys on a variety of advocacy topics but he is most passionate about supported decision-making (SDM) and people getting to make their own choices and decisions. He wants to make sure others know this can become a reality for them also. Mr. King has been featured in The Washington Post and other national publications on his personal story of having the DC Court over-turn his guardianship in favor of SDM. He has been a Board member with Lifeline Partnership for four years. They support and nurture people with developmental disabilities to grow socially and spiritually. Mr. King has been employed by Safeway Corporation for 21 years. He is a resident of Ward 4 and enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, listening to music and advocating for others.
Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of the District of Columbia
Dr. Nathalie Mizelle-Johnson, Ph.D., serves as a Director of the Graduate Counseling Program at UDC. She has over 20 years-experience in counseling, teaching and coordinating to increase and retain interests in educating and mentoring students interested in or pursuing careers in the mental health and rehabilitation counseling field. Dr. Mizelle-Johnson has written over 20 articles and book chapters, edited books and presentations. Nathalie enjoys educating, training and supervising mental health professionals, provide consulting in the development and implementation of rehabilitation, mental health and social services research projects, services for organizations, business professionals, and television/media projects.
Yolandra A. Plummer, PhD
Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia in the School of Business and Public Administration
In addition to teaching at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Dr. Plummer currently serves as the Principal Investigator of a $2.9 million grant between the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS), Economic Security Administration (ESA), and University of the District of Columbia. Under this grant, Dr. Plummer oversees a job skills training program for over 700 adults on TANF and low-income families in the District of Columbia. Previously, Dr. Plummer managed the District of Columbia’s first non-emergency management transportation program. She also served as a former Chief of Staff at the Department on Disability Services. Dr. Plummer serves as a member of the District of Columbia’s Supported Independent Living Council (SILC).
Deputy Communications Director, Student Borrower Protection Center
Walter Suskind is a skilled public relations and communications professional. He has provided public affairs and communications strategy for corporations, academic institutions and government agencies. He designs and implements complex multi-platform public awareness campaigns. Mr. Suskind is the Founder of SibStrong, an organization designed to support siblings of people with Autism and other disabilities.
Self-Advocate, Project ACTION!
Ms. Thornton and her husband have received many awards and were recognized as “Washingtonians of the Year” in 1997. The Thornton’s were the subjects of a made-for-TV movie entitled, “Profoundly Normal,” and appeared on 60 Minutes, sharing their story as one of the first couples with developmental disabilities to be married. Ms. Thornton is a strong self-advocate and member of Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy group. She advocates at DC City Council hearings, trains disability professionals, and mentors new self-advocates. Ms. Thornton retired from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a 28-year, public servant career . Ms. Thornton believes that people with disabilities should be able to work if they want. Ms. Thornton is a former resident of Forest Haven, the District’s institution for people with developmental disabilities. She has been married for 34 years to Ricardo Thornton. They have a son, Ricky, Jr., and they are proud grandparents.
Keith Wright is a strong self-advocate and is active in his community. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Mitchell College where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Graphic Design. Mr. Wright is industrious, determined and is eager to apply his graphic design skills with local nonprofits and businesses. Mr. Wright works part-time at Twisted Pretzel in the District. Mr. Wright is a member of Project ACTION! and is getting more involved in advocacy work and training. He presents at local and national advocacy conferences with Project ACTION! members.